Suzann Pettersen will title 4 captain’s picks to finish Europe’s Solheim Cup facet on Tuesday August 22, reside on Sky Sports activities Golf; Emily Pedersen made a quick begin to the AIG Ladies’s Open as she chases a 3rd look for Group Europe
By Ali Stafford at Walton Heath
Final Up to date: 10/08/23 3:46pm
Emily Pedersen is making an attempt to minimize hopes of constructing a late push for Europe’s Solheim Cup group regardless of impressing captain Suzann Pettersen with a quick begin on the AIG Ladies’s Open.
The five-time Women European Tour winner has featured twice for Group Europe and scored three factors throughout the 2021 victory, though has solely registered three worldwide top-10s since that Solheim Cup success.
This week’s main at Walton Heath is the penultimate occasion in qualifying for the Solheim Cup, with the highest two gamers on the European Solheim Cup Rankings and the following six highest-ranked gamers within the Rolex World Golf Rankings then mechanically qualifying for Group Europe.
Pedersen is exterior the world’s prime 100 and lies forty sixth within the Solheim Cup standings, which means she would probably require considered one of 4 captain’s picks, however boosted her possibilities after grabbing a share of the clubhouse lead with an opening-round 69.
“I attempt to say it isn’t on my thoughts, however it’s at all times again there,” Pedersen instructed Sky Sports activities. “I attempt to inform myself that if I simply think about doing a great job on daily basis and placing within the work that it’s going to kind itself out.
“I imply, clearly it is no secret that I need to be there. I do know I can win factors, however I am making an attempt to only focus at some point at a time.”
A robust core of Europe’s successful groups in 2019 and 2021 will return for this 12 months’s version of the biennial contest from September 22-24, the place Pettersen’s facet will likely be chasing a historic third consecutive victory over Group USA.
Pedersen was amongst considered one of a number of European gamers to impress on Thursday morning at Walton Heath, with Perrine Delacour birdieing 4 of her final 5 holes to affix the share of the lead and Solheim Cup stalwart Carlota Ciganda additionally in rivalry after an opening-round 70.
“Emily [Kristine Pedersen] has clearly performed the Solheim Cup earlier than, she has the expertise, she has the ability, she has the angle and has a part of the dynamics you’d in all probability search for in a decide, however I have to see one thing,” Pettersen instructed Sky Sports activities Golf.
“She is one out of many on the shortlist that retains getting somewhat shorter, however there’s nonetheless lots of golf to be performed this week [AIG Women’s Open] and subsequent week [ISPS Handa World Invitational].
“I feel our group seems implausible. We’re making an attempt to cowl 4 spots – some is likely to be extra apparent than others, however I am simply trying on the dynamics of the 12. I would like them to be unified, I would like them to suit collectively.
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“I am searching for type, I am searching for expertise, however I am additionally searching for who can full that pack. I by no means thought it was going to be this difficult to be trustworthy and each week some names pop up once more and brings themselves into rivalry.”
Maja Stark and Evian Championship winner Celine Boutier at the moment occupy the 2 automated picks on the European Factors Checklist, whereas Leona Maguire, Georgia Corridor, Charley Hull and Linn Grant are all contained in the world’s prime 20, with Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist closing in on additional Solheim Cup appearances.
“I do not suppose on paper we have ever been stronger,” Pettersen added. “On paper it is nice to see the eight-pack is enjoying nice, doing what they should do and – contact wooden – are all wholesome.
“They preserve plugging alongside they usually’ve all gained over the past 12 months or so. Celine [Boutier] is coming in with super type. Linn [Grant] gained her fourth LPGA Tour begin within the USA and Maja [Stark] performed good once more final week after a tough begin to her LPGA Tour profession.
“We’ve lots of youth however we even have Anna Nordqvist, Georgia [Hall], Charley [Hull], who’ve all been part of this, know what to anticipate and know the place their video games should be, in order that’s very useful.”
Who can enhance their Solheim Cup hopes on the AIG Ladies’s Open? Watch the ultimate ladies’s main of the 12 months on Sky Sports activities Golf, with protection persevering with on Friday from 11am. Stream the AIG Women’s Open with NOW.